Kylie Masse captured gold in the women’s 100 metre backstroke at the world aquatics championships. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse wins second gold at world aquatics championship

GWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of — Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse has defended her world title in the women’s 100 metre backstroke.

Masse captured gold on Tuesday at the world aquatics championships.

The 23-year-old native of LaSalle, Ont., also won the previous worlds in 2017 and captured bronze in the same event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Masse is just the second Canadian swimmer to win two world championship golds, joining the late Victor Davis of Guelph, Ont.

Masse, a University of Toronto student, finished in 58.60 seconds, 0.25 seconds ahead of Minna Atherton of Australia. Olivia Smoliga of the United States took bronze.

Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., finished fourth, just 0.05 seconds behind Smoliga.

It marked Canada’s second gold in as many days. Maggie MacNeil of London, Ont., won the women’s 100 metre butterfly on Monday.

Meanwhile, Penny Oleksiak of Toronto advanced to the women’s 200 metre freestyle final on Wednesday by finishing seventh in the semis.

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